Best food: From tagines to couscous, Moroccan food is full of flavours. For the sweet tooth, almond-filled pastries will be a treat – go for Baby gazelle’s horns (it’s only a name!). And deliciously sweet orange slices sprinkled with cinnamon are not to be missed.
Best place to drink: The Jemaa El Fna square is a must see. Buzzing with locals and tourists, snake charmers and street vendors, it is a place like no other. Just grab a freshly squeezed orange juice and enjoy the show.
Funnest thing to do: Haggle all you can in the souks. These markets are amazing and part of the fun is to negotiate prices down. Plus, visit the spice stalls for guaranteed delight of the senses.
Something a bit cultural: You cannot go to beautiful Marrakech and miss the Koutoubia Mosque. Its minaret can be seen from most parts of the city. It cannot be entered by non-Muslims as it is an active place of worship, but just its exterior is worth it.
Not to be missed: Hop on a ‘caleche’ (horse-drawn carriage to you and I) for the ultimately romantic trip around town (at sunset for added wow factor) and finish in a traditional café sipping a mint tea in a small glass.
Best food: OK so it’s not Dutch, but La Oliva in the quiet Jordan area of Amsterdam is a massive favourite with locals and serves northern Spanish tapas. What’s great is that there’s tons of gorgeous dishes (about 5 Euros each) all displayed along the counter and you can order as many as you want or keep coming back if you’re still peckish all night long and the flavours are amazing. If you want to go a bit posher, Restaurant De Kas is fantastic. Serving a fixed menu based on what’s available from the restaurant’s very own allotment, you will dine in a stylish greenhouse set in the middle of Park Frankendael; gorgeous food and lovely atmosphere without being pompous.
Best place to drink: If you find yourself strolling down the red light district (looking for a drink of course) then the Café Van Beeran is a great little stop off with a cosy interior and great Dutch draft lagers and wines.
Funnest thing to do: The Zoo! Every kid (and big kid) loves the zoo and this is a great one. It’s walkable from the city centre, there are tons of animals in nice big enclosures and it’s really well kept.
Something a bit cultural: The Van Gogh Museum is a must whether you’re that fussed about his art or not, it’s a great couple of hours, 17 Euros and he’s a pretty fascinating chap to find out about.
Not to be missed: The waffles! You’ll pass hundreds of kiosks selling waffles, but you must absolutely stop at at least one to have one with warm chocolate smothered all of it. To. Die. For.
Best food: Head out into the countryside to the Limestone Hotel, the food is amazing, especially the seafood, and the view is just as good. Definitely worth the journey if you fancy treating yourself.
Best place to drink: If the sun’s out then get to the Smuggler’s Inn in Osmington. They do amazing beers and they taste even better when you can drink them sat on the beach. If the pub was any nearer to the sea then you’d get your feet wet.
Funnest thing to do: Grab a body board and hit the beach! Although the waves don’t make for perfect surfing (like in nearby Cornwall) there’s still plenty of surf for some body boarding fun.
Something a bit cultural: Camp Bestival takes place every summer at Lulworth Castle, it’s a pretty small music festival with some surprisingly big bands on. They also have loads of other stuff going on over the weekend, like comedians and activities for the kids.
Not to be missed: Walk along the coast to Lulworth Cove, the views are amazing and when you get there you’ll be rewarded with a gorgeous little town and fantastic beaches.